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Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board

Safeguarding Week Nov 21

Last updated: 24/11/2021

Safeguarding week took place from Monday 15 November to Sunday 21 November 2021. It was an opportunity to raise the importance of safeguarding and highlight key issues. We hope the week was able to help organisations and individuals feel confident in recognising the signs of abuse and neglect and how to report concerns.

Each day we sent out themed bulletins which can still be accessed on our newsletter page

Mon - Emotional abuse and safeguarding mental health
Tue - The Power of Language
Wed - Digital Safeguarding
Thu - Grooming and exploitation
Fri - Creating safer organisational cultures
Sat - Your role in safeguarding

All week volunteers from The Ark were at the vaccination centre (Waitrose Sports and Leisure Centre) providing information on how to choose care, help and support safely for adults and how to safely choose clubs, groups, help and support for children

Photos from safeguarding week

On Tuesday we were in Bracknell town centre along with Bracknell Forest Council, Thames Valley Police, Trading Standards, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and The Ark to provide advice and answer any of safeguarding questions.. They provided information and leaflets on supporting families, young carers, digital inclusion for older people, how to stay safe online, fraud, domestic abuse, child criminal and sexual exploitation and where to go for help and support.

On Wednesday we held our first online Safeguarding Forum.  The event was opened by our Bracknell MP James Sunderland and followed by a number of speakers who highlighted local safeguarding issues, why awareness in the community is so important and how to foster a positive safeguarding culture.  We shared what can be learned from local case studies and how we can work together to improve outcomes for children and vulnerable adults. Presentations from the day included:

Session 1: Raising awareness of safeguarding and reaching all communities
Safeguarding in Early Help
Safeguarding People in Adult Social Care
Children in mental health crisis at Frimley Health sites
Hospital Navigator Scheme

Session 3 and 4: Supporting the Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS) and Introducing the new self-assessment tool
Supporting the CVS and the self-assessment tool

Session 5: Why safeguarding and learning together is important
ASC case study on risk framework
CSC case study

On Thursday we had a multi-agency learning event which shared learning with practitioners from a recent Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR).  This learning brief and others from across Berkshire for both children's and adults are available on our website.

Other useful resources

We have two videos which raise the importance of safeguarding from health and Bracknell Islamic Cultural Society (BICS)

Our self-assessment tool has been designed to help organisations look at their safeguarding responsibilities in a proportionate response.  The four areas should be considered alongside the multi-agency guidance for adults and children's that details the procedures and practice standards for safeguarding across Berkshire.

There is also further guidance 'Too Important to Get Wrong' to accompany the tool. 

Our Safeguarding Children Cue Card provides details for practitioners on how to protect children and young people.